Top 10 Free Events at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

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Art Basel, the world's premier modern and contemporary art fairs, is returning to Miami Beach to showcase the latest and wildest in arts and performances of all kinds.

Very popular with art lovers, collectors and resellers, Art Basel Miami Beach has confirmed year after year its status of not-to-miss art event in the Magic City.

Unfortunately, this flurry of visual delights often comes with a hefty price tag, from the basic admission ($50 to $105) to VIP rooftop parties and hype fundraisers with tickets in the hundreds.

That's why Miami Consultants has selected the top 10 free events and performances that you can attend at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, so you can have a full plate of art cake and eat it too, without putting a dent in your weekend budget!

Art Basel Miami 2016:
Top 10 free events schedule

What When Where Admission
Ground Control Thu Dec 01 - Sun Dec. 4 Collins Park (21st & 22nd St) FREE
The Hive Pop Up Art Village & Lounge Thu Dec. 01 - Sun Dec. 4 MANA Wynwood, 2250 NW 2 Ave. FREE RSVP
Alexis Gideon: The Comet and the Glacier Thu Dec. 01 - Sun Dec. 4 3852 N. Miami Ave. FREE
Breakfast in the Park Sun Dec. 4 FIU, 10975 SW 17 St., Miami FREE
Ink Miami Art Fair Wed Nov 30 - Sun Dec. 4 1850 Collins Avenue (19th St) FREE
French Lingerie Retrospective Nov. 29 - Dec. 6 Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave. FREE
Miami Street Photography Festival Thu Dec. 01 - Sun Dec. 4 HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St. FREE
Basel House Thu Dec. 01 - Sun Dec. 4 Midtown Miami, 3252 NE 1 Ave. FREE
Steve Parker's Traffic Jam Sat Dec. 3 Miami-Dade College, 300 NE 2 Ave. FREE
Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back Fri Dec. 2 Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd. FREE


Ground Control

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Ground Control, this year's theme for Art Basel Miami Beach’s Public Sector, is an obvious tribute to David Bowie's most famous song to honor the legendary pop artist that passed away earlier this year.

For more information, list of artists and artwork map, read our detailed post about Ground Control at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

THE Hive Pop Up Art Village & Lounge

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Located in the heart of Wynwood, The HIVE Pop Up Art Village & Lounge is a self-described oasis to cool off away from the Art Basel art crowds.

More info and free tickets on our detailed page The HIVE Pop Up Art Village & Lounge at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

Alexis Gideon: The Comet and the Glacier

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The Locust Projects presents The Comet and the Glacier, a multimedia opera performance by Pittsburgh-based artist Alexis Gideon, mixing music, videos, animations, and live performances to provide an immersive experience.

For more information read our dedicated post Alexis Gideon: The Comet and The Glacier at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

Breakfast in the Park

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Every year during Art Basel Miami Beach, the Frost Art Museum at FIU celebrates the arts with a casual event Breakfast in the Park where visitors can enjoy a complementary breakfast.

For more information on speakers and activities, visit our post about Breakfast in the Park at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

Ink Miami Art Fair

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Presented by the International Fine Print Dealers, the 11th annual INK Miami Art Fair presents leading contemporary print and drawing artists as Stanley William Hayter, Juan Sanchez, Nana Shiomi, and Keith Haring.

For more information, schedule and details, read our post about the Ink Miami Art Fair.

French Lingerie Retrospective

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Call us kinky, but we would not miss that one for the world. Come celebrate fashion as a central piece of Art Basel Miami Beach with this special exhibition the Sagamore Hotel that will uncover history of french lingerie with one hundred rare pieces from the most famous brands (Aubade, Barbara, Chantelle...).

For more details, list of brands represented and first look at what will be there, check out our page about the French Lingerie Retrospective at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

Miami Street Photography Festival

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Within the HistoryMiami Museum, the 2016 Miami Street Photography Festival (MSPF) features world-class photographers and photojournalists such as Carl Juste Richard Kalvar, Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris-Webb, Maggie Steber, Jill Freedman, and Matt Stuart, who show some of their best work through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, photo walks, and portfolio reviews.

For more information, full exhibit and event schedules, and a first look at Carl Juste's monumental collaborative project The Big Picture, head for our post about the Miami Street Photography Festival at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

Basel House

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A favorite amongst Art Basel Miami Beach's artists to chill out after a long harassing day, Basel House mixes art and music of all styles at The Bitter Truth bar in Midtown, and will feature live music and cocktails, with unannouced guests, impromptu music and art sessions, and a 3D art installation by a collective of Miami’s finest artists.

For more information, preview, full schedule and free drink vouchers, check out our detailed post about Basel House at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

Traffic Jam

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This Saturday Steve Parker, trombonist, composer, and community arts organizer based in Austin, is putting together Traffic Jam, a 2-hour "transit-considering, community-engaging, audience-participating musical performance piece", automotive flash mob where you are encouraged to make all kind of noises with your four- or two-wheel vehicle.

For more info on this extravagant and experimental free outdoors music event, make a sharp left turn to head for our post about Traffic Jam by Steve Parker at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

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Returning to Art Basel Miami Beach as film curator for the second year in a row, Marian Masone has chosen to offer a free screening of Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back, a documentary aoubt the provocative artist Maurizio Cattelan, known for its subversive and sarcastic views on the art establishment.

For more info on this free-admission screening at the Colony Theatre, read our preview of 'Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back' at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

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